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Danish Delight For Our New Captain

Martin O'Neill has unofficially confirmed that Martin Laursen is the new club captain, and he can't see it changing.

During the pre season Laursen, Reo-Coker, and John Carew were given the opportunity of leading the side, but Laursen came up trumps by overseeing wins against 'that Icelandic team' and Man City.

Speaking to the Mail, O'Neill revealed he believes he has picked a captain who will 'lead by example' and admits although he hasn't officially told Laursen yet, it's unlikely he will be changing the Captain's armband to anyone else as the season progresses.

"Martin is the captain here, I didn`t say it officially to him, but he is the captain of the side at the moment and I wouldn`t see that changing.

"Laursen is Laursen, he leads by example, I`m not saying he is running around shouting all over the place but neither did Gareth."

O'Neill's perspective and respect for what Laursen has achieved, or is that overcome, since he joined the club is encapsulated in the following sentance:

'He could have given the game up and lesser people may well have done."

Does O'Neill like those who 'never say die'?




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 21 2008

Time: 4:12PM

Your Comments

No on the official site yet. Think he waiting for the Barry thing to be resolved, why else would he not announce it? Barry will be the captain unless he moves.
young_jonah
hey im a spurs fan but does this mean that Barry is definitely leaving?
alexbaruch1993
I think Barry has burnt bridges too much to stay as captain, but giving it to Laursen doesn't mean Barry's off.
mike_field
i think MON has done the right thing after barry making it clear that he wanted to leave to come to us and then slagging MON and the owner off in the paper he doesn't deserve to have the armband. barry has shown everyone this summer that loyality mean nothing anymore in football.
muffdaddy1983
Yes, Gareth has well and truly shot his bolt with regards to keeping the captaincy. That was never on, not after the sad events of this passing summer. ML is as deserving as anyone else to captain the side. Good Luck to him, and lets hope he gets to lift a trophy or two during his reign.
glensider
Agree with Mike, in that by giving the captaincy to ML, MON isn't confirming that Barry is definitely out of here. Obviously it'll no doubt go down to the wire, but until 18m is handed over to MON/RL, as my good mate Jonah has been saying all summer long, to those with the sense to listen, "Barry aint going anywhere".
glensider
Until MON announces it this is nothing more than a "Laursen is the captain for now" comment.
young_jonah
I couldn't be more happy for Laursen the magnificent to be Captain, the guys a class above, one of the greatest defenders I have seen grace the Claret and Blue since God himself.
steff_the_villan
As long as who ever gets the armband is 100% Aston Villa I dont give a shiney ****** who wears the armband.
col8
 

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